Discover the best family-friendly destinations in Portugal
Family holidays are about spending time together, and enjoying activities that will keep the whole gang entertained. Any potential destination should be scrutinised for long, sandy beaches, safe waters and fantastic attractions, as well as a few things to keep Mum and Dad happy. That's why Portugal is such a great destination: it boasts everything you could ever want from a fun-filled break in the sun.
From theme parks and zoos to Medieval towns and fortresses, Portugal won't fail to keep you and the little ones busy. So what are you waiting for? Discover the best destinations in this marvellous country, and find stunning villas in Portugal with the help of HomeAway.
Top destinations for your family holidays in Portugal
Family holidays in the Algarve
Few family holidays can beat short breaks in the Algarve. Its golden sands and warm waters provide the perfect setting for a relaxing break, whilst its cobbled streets and white-washed houses proffer the ideal surroundings for a stroll. The island boasts a range of different resorts to choose from, from the bustling beaches of Albufeira to the pavement cafes of Praia da Rocha. Whether you want a cottage in a quaint fishing village, or an apartment at the heart of the action, HomeAway can find you the perfect Algarve accommodation.
Family holidays in Porto
Short breaks in Porto are an ideal choice for families, as the area offers something to keep everyone entertained. All trips to Porto should include sampling local Port, as well as discovering the region's fascinating history. There are hundreds of Baroque churches, Romanesque chapels and enormous castles to discover, and exploring the region's countryside proves equally tempting. Mountainous, green and brimming with life, Porto is the place to go for natural parks, sloping hillsides and boat trips along River Douro.
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Family holidays in Lisbon
The capital of Portugal, Lisbon, provides the perfect place for a family holiday. Its coast has been somewhat of a well-kept secret for years, but families are now discovering that they can combine a city break with a beachside holiday. Whether you want to swim and sunbathe or explore Portugal's history, Lisbon is the place to do it. Why not sample the city's many museums and galleries, or take a trip to the lively street market held in the Alfama quarter? Kids can't fail to love riding on an antique tram, before paddling in the waters of the city's most popular beach, Carcavelos.
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Family holidays in Madeira
When searching for a holiday destination with a difference, consider the Portuguese island of Madeira. Radiating charm from every corner, Madeira is famous for its traditional markets, family-friendly restaurants, and picturesque scenery. There's truly no better destination for lovers of the great outdoors: known as the 'Floating Garden', Madeira boasts some of the most beautiful gardens in the world, particularly in its capital Funchal. Whether you want to take the kids on a hike into the mountains, or a boat trip out to sea, short breaks in Madeira simply cannot be beaten.
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Family holidays in Alentejo
Holidays in Alentejo are a great choice for families. Not only will you find Portugal's finest beaches on the Troia peninsula, but luscious, green scenery complete with undulating hills. This makes Alentejo a hotspot for activities, including water-sports, cycling, hiking and golf. As well as boasting safe waters for children learning to swim, Alentejo offers a wide range of options for family days out: you could explore the region's vast cork forests, or take a day trip by ferry to the harbour of Setúbal.
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Portugal is currently one of the best-value European destinations. Flights are reasonable, the cost of living is low, and booking private accommodation allows you to make fantastic savings.
Whether you want a luxurious villa complete with a pool, or a budget-friendly cottage at the seaside, we'll find the accommodation to make your family break in Portugal perfect. With such a wide range of activities and experiences to be enjoyed, there's never been a better time to discover the wondrous regions of Portugal.